AIPAC: Blame America First

In its press release in the wake of a rebuke even Binyamin Netanyahu has apologized for and which the Isreali press has raked him over the coals for, AIPAC calls on the US to make amends:

The Obama Administration’s recent statements regarding the U.S. relationship with Israel are a matter of serious concern. AIPAC calls on the Administration to take immediate steps to defuse the tension with the Jewish State... The Administration should make a conscious effort to move away from public demands and unilateral deadlines directed at Israel, with whom the United States shares basic, fundamental, and strategic interests. The escalated rhetoric of recent days only serves as a distraction from the substantive work that needs to be done with regard to the urgent issue of Iran’s rapid pursuit of nuclear weapons, and the pursuit of peace between Israel and all her Arab neighbors.

Steve Clemons parodies it here, not that it needs much of a parody.

A simple point, echoing Steve: Iran's Revolutionary Guards no doubt love the fact that the Netanyahu government's continued settlement policy is dividing the US and Israel at this time, just as they were buoyed by the assault on Gaza over a year ago (they care not a whit about the Palestinians, of course, but do care about isolating Israel from the West). And a fundamental reason for the failure of peace talks are the settlements and the attempt to annex East Jeruslem by the Israeli far-right, whom Netanyahu chose as a coalition partner over Kadima.